Software Developer

Imagine: the building sector worldwide is using software tools that you’ve helped to develop! From plug-ins for the most frequently used BIM software to front-end web applications to get fast insight in building performance. Sounds good?



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a software developer, you are closely involved in the digitising of building and infrastructure. Various technological ingredients for the transformation of the sector can be found at TNO. Environmental and housing-shortage issues further increase the urgency to continue renewing the building and infrastructure sector with Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies. Now for that extra incentive. As a software developer, you have demonstrated your ability to develop smart solutions with the latest technologies. 
We are currently working on a technological proof of concept for an automatic test of the environmental performance of a virtual building in the design phase. For this, we are using web services developed by TNO. We call it BIM Bots technology. Think of it as a series of web tools that use BIM data and do clever things with it which, were humans to perform the same tasks, would take a lot of time and energy. These smart, autonomous BIM Bots run separately from each other, although they interact within one network. They help to deal with major social challenges. One of many possibilities is the autonomous testing of a BIM with regard to Dutch Building Regulation laws and requirements. Your puzzle-solving and geometry skills will be useful here. 
You’re arriving at an interesting moment. At this stage, the proof of concept is still a commission from the Government. In the next phase, we shall be talking with various players in the building industry as well as software suppliers to make them partners in our developments. Eventually, we want our knowledge and developments to be accessible to the entire (worldwide) building and infrastructure sector. Besides BIM Bots technology, enough other challenges in the sector will be waiting for you. 
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What do we require of you?

You think further than what you’ve learnt during your studies or in the field. In fact, you’d describe yourself as innovative. You like to undertake and explore things, are curious and think out of the box. You are always keen to learn. You are good at expressing your own ideas and turning them into convincing prototypes. You have a bit of a mind of your own in this respect, which is only a plus. What else can you offer? 
At the least a degree in a technical field such as computer science, AI, machine learning or (statistical) data science. But those with a background in mathematics, applied physics, civil engineering or having specialised in BIM or ICT are also most welcome to apply. 
Programming knowledge and experience with Java and C#.

What can you expect of your work situation?

At TNO, you will be joining a fairly new project team that form part of the Structural Reliability expert group. Your team, which consist of a project manager, business developer and junior, medior and senior researchers, are currently developing BIM Bots. You are the first software developer who will be full-time involved with the latest technologies for the building and infrastructure sector. You will enjoy working in a secure environment where collegiality, commitment and drive are central. Colleagues are always there to help and advise you. 
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What can TNO offer you?

Challenging and varied work. And full of opportunities because at TNO you are, by and large, the master of your own career. In addition to a gross monthly salary of between €2,650 and €3,600 (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month’s salary, you will get every opportunity to develop your skills. Perhaps you want grow into a senior researcher, dive deeper into consultancy or build a career as a project leader. At TNO, you can put together a ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suits your personal situation. What you can expect:  
  • View of a permanent contract.
  • An utmost professional, inspiring work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues.
  • Flexible working times and the option of working from home.
  • 28 days of holiday and 5 ATV days (additional days of paid leave) (with full-time employment).
  • The opportunity to do courses, training programmes and workshops and attend conferences
  • A good pension scheme.Travel allowance or a bicycle.
  • Fun activities with your team and your colleagues at your office and within TNO as a whole, such as monthly drinks. This will help you to quickly get to know many of your colleagues.
  • A modern and easily accessible workplace in Delft.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme and to the network and fun activities of Young TNO.
  • Coaching if you need it.


Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Lara Hagendoorn
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Peter Rasker
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 61470

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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